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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

Gov. Charlie Baker is pressing state lawmakers to act on two of his energy priorities before the end of the year.

One of the proposals would make it easier for the state to enter into long-term contracts with renewable energy producers provided the interests of ratepayers are represented.

Baker said Thursday the bill could help Massachusetts tap into Canadian hydropower.

The second bill would raise caps on the state’s “net metering” program that allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the electrical grid in exchange for credit.

Baker said that bill is critical because a federal solar energy tax credit program expires at the end of 2016.

The governor said he’s had positive conversations with House and Senate leaders.

Read the rest of the story at Channel 22 News/WWLP.com@@

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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